New Mexico Governor Confirms Plans for United Nations Climate Conference | New Mexico News

SANTA FE, NM (AP) – The Democratic Governor of New Mexico will soon travel to Scotland for the upcoming United Nations climate conference, where world leaders will talk about accelerating action towards the goals of the Paris to slow down global warming.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office announced its travel plans on Friday. She will be accompanied by several members of her cabinet during the first week of the conference.

The governor said in a statement that it would be an honor to speak about New Mexico’s mandate for zero-emission electricity by 2045 and pollution reduction rules for the oil and gas industry.

“But I know that we – as a state, as a nation, as a planet – must go further in seeking bold, equitable and just climate solutions. I look forward to this significant opportunity for global collaboration and action, ”she said.

Travel expenses are paid for by nonprofits Energy Foundation and Climate Registry, said Lujan Grisham’s press secretary Nora Meyers Sackett. The cost was not disclosed.

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Lujan Grisham faces competing pressure from environmental activists and the fossil fuel industry as she seeks re-election in 2022 in a state that is now the second largest oil producer in the United States.

State and local governments in New Mexico – and public schools, in particular – rely heavily on revenues from oil and gas production. That dependency has grown since Lujan Grisham won the election in 2018, according to the Legislative Assembly’s Budget and Accountability Office.

As economic activity rebounded from the first pandemic restrictions, New Mexico’s oil production hit record highs, recently surpassing 1.2 million barrels per day.

Lujan Grisham warned President Joe Biden against efforts to reduce oil production on public lands, saying it would affect his ability to meet goals such as universal access to early childhood education.

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